Monday, February 1, 2010

Obama defines himself in SOU speech

One of the neat things about being an American is we get to criticize our leaders. Another neat thing about being an American is there are checks and balances between the three branches of government to keep them all in check.

Yet, from time to time, one of our leaders decides that the Constitution doesn't matter. President Obama, I am afraid to say, is one of those leaders. Feel free to disagree with me, but I think all we have to do is look at any speech by this president to see the evidence that he has disregard for our Constitution, and disregard for the other branches of government.

That in mind, here is my analysis of Obama's 2010 State of the Union Address:

1. Obama: "One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse, and a government deeply in debt. Experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. So we acted – immediately and aggressively. And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed.
But the devastation remains.

My Analysis: Blame Bush. Which is fine, as any President would shift blame. Although it sounds kind of

2. Obama: They are tired of the partisanship and the shouting and the pettiness. They know we can't afford it. Not now.

My Analysis: He's confused. He doesn't understand the message sent by the voters of Massachusetts. America wants partisanship, especially when their leaders in Washington are trying to pass laws the people don't want.

3. Obama: So we face big and difficult challenges. And what the American people hope – what they deserve – is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics.

My Analysis: Basically he's blaming republicans here for things not getting done. However, democrats had super majorities in the house and senate, and the republicans didn't matter. The reason bills -- such as the healthcare bill -- didn't pass had nothing to do with republicans. It had everything to do with the democrats fighting amongst themselves. Thus, when Obama says he wants us to "work through our differences," he means for republicans to sign onto the bills that democrats write.

4. Obama: And if we had allowed the meltdown of the financial system, unemployment might be double what it is today. More businesses would certainly have closed. More homes would have surely been lost.

My Analysis: Where is the proof of this. The bailouts were basically Bush and Obama saying that they know better than the individuals like you and me. This is the type of arrogance from our political leaders the voters in Massachusetts voted against.

5. Obama: To recover the rest, I have proposed a fee on the biggest banks. I know Wall Street isn't keen on this idea, but if these firms can afford to hand out big bonuses again, they can afford a modest fee to pay back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need.

My Analysis: Obama deciding he knows what's best for us. He thinks we can't solve our own problems without government intervention. It's not up to Obama to decide how much firms dole out in bonuses, no matter how bad you and I might think these bonuses are. Thus, Obama once again is showing is hatred of capitalism. He wants control of the banks, and big business, and thus he is a socialist.

6. Obama:Let me repeat: we cut taxes. We cut taxes for 95% of working families. We cut taxes for small businesses. We cut taxes for first-time home buyers. We cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children. We cut taxes for 8 million Americans paying for college.

My Analysis: What happened to the phrase, "All men are created equal." Once again, Obama decides who gets what, as opposed to across the board tax cuts.

7. Obama: Now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America's businesses. But government can create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and hire more workers.

My Analysis: Once again, the government knows best. Only the government can create jobs. This is the antithesis of economics 101, where only you and I can get the economy going again. The government only gets in the way. But Obama hasn't taken economics 101, or didn't learn anything if he did.

8. Obama: So tonight, I'm proposing that we take $30 billion of the money Wall Street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat.

My Analysis: Why not use it to pay off the debt.

9. Obama: I am also proposing a new small business tax credit – one that will go to over one million small businesses who hire new workers or raise wages. While we're at it, let's also eliminate all capital gains taxes on small business investment; and provide a tax incentive for all businesses, large and small, to invest in new plants and equipment.

My analysis: Great. But is this enough. I think a lot of businesses are not creating jobs because they are not sure of when taxes are going to go up, or not sure what's going to happen with healthcare.

10. Obama: Tomorrow, I'll visit Tampa, Florida, where workers will soon break ground on a new high-speed railroad funded by the Recovery Act. There are projects like that all across this country that will create jobs and help our nation move goods, services, and information.

My Analysis: This is an earmark program, not recovery. The jobs created are only temporary, the projects are not needed, and the boost to the economy will only be short lived.

11. Obama: I intend to hold these banks fully accountable for the assistance they receive, and this time, they will have to clearly demonstrate how taxpayer dollars result in more lending for the American taxpayer. This time, CEOs won’t be able to use taxpayer money to pad their paychecks or buy fancy drapes or disappear on a private jet. Those days are over.
Still, this plan will require significant resources from the federal government – and yes, probably more than we’ve already set aside. But while the cost of action will be great, I can assure you that the cost of inaction will be far greater, for it could result in an economy that sputters along for not months or years, but perhaps a decade. That would be worse for our deficit, worse for business, worse for you, and worse for the next generation. And I refuse to let that happen.

My Anslysis: This is Obama once again tyring to sell his programs through fear. Sometimes, as past presidents have noted, doing nothing is better than doing something stupid. And, yes, the government can make matters worse, as both FDR and now Obama have proven.

12. Obama: I will not spend a single penny for the purpose of rewarding a single Wall Street executive, but I will do whatever it takes to help the small business that can’t pay its workers or the family that has saved and still can’t get a mortgage.

My Analysis: Here he is trying to gang different groups of Americans against one another. It's rich versus the poor, whites versus black...

13. Obama: My budget does not attempt to solve every problem or address every issue. It reflects the stark reality of what we’ve inherited – a trillion dollar deficit, a financial crisis, and a costly recession.

My Analysis: Once again blaming Bush.

14. Obama: Thanks to our recovery plan, we will double this nation’s supply of renewable energy in the next three years

My Analysis: If this were possible, wouldn't we be doing it already. How is he going to do this?

15. Obama: So I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America.

My Analysis: EEEK. More taxes on businesses. It's true 70% of Americans already think Obama is anti business.

16. Obama: Given these facts, we can no longer afford to put health care reform on hold.

My Analysis: Who cares what the people want.

17. Obama: And dropping out of high school is no longer an option

My Analysis: It is an option because we all have a right to fail. Although, it should be discouraged.

18. Obama:And to encourage a renewed spirit of national service for this and future generations, I ask this Congress to send me the bipartisan legislation that bears the name of Senator Orrin Hatch as well as an American who has never stopped asking what he can do for his country – Senator Edward Kennedy.

My Analysis: Obama defines bipartisanship as republicans signing on to democratic bills. It has nothing to do with both parties getting together, and that explains why all republican proposals for health care and economic reform have been rejected by the Senate and House. And why they continue to claim republicans have made no counter bills.

19. Obama: There is, of course, another responsibility we have to our children. And that is the responsibility to ensure that we do not pass on to them a debt they cannot pay. With the deficit we inherited, the cost of the crisis we face, and the long-term challenges we must meet, it has never been more important to ensure that as our economy recovers, we do what it takes to bring this deficit down.

My Analysis: Once again blame Bush. Yet, Obama and Bush made sure it's already too late not to hand our children a debt. Obama is making sure it won't be paid off, which, I think, is exactly what he wants.

20: Obama: I’m proud that we passed the recovery plan free of earmarks, and I want to pass a budget next year that ensures that each dollar we spend reflects only our most important national priorities.

My Analysis: He's either lying or he's that dumb. That bill was nothing but earmarks.

21. Obama: In order to save our children from a future of debt, we will also end the tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans

My Analysis: Once again he decides who gets what. Class warfare at it's best.

22. Obama: But let me perfectly clear, because I know you’ll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime.

My Analysis: It is a tax increase. How did he come up with that $250,000 figure? He just made it up, or drew it out of a hat. This is unconstitutional to not treat all Americans equal. But liberals know better than we do, just as Castro and Stalin did. This speech is kind of sounding like one of their speeches. It's a lecture. He's lecturing us. He's telling us what we have to do -- must do.

23. Obama: In fact, the recovery plan provides a tax cut – that’s right, a tax cut – for 95% of working families. And these checks are on the way.

My analysis: Once again, he's either lying or really stupid, because the number of people who pay taxes isn't even close to 95%. It's more like 60%. So how could 95% of Americans get a tax cut? Hmmm, how does Obama do his math?

24. Obama: Finally, because we’re also suffering from a deficit of trust, I am committed to restoring a sense of honesty and accountability to our budget.

My Analysis: To be honest you must tell the truth.

25. Obama:For seven years, we have been a nation at war. No longer will we hide its price.

My Analysis: More Bush blame.

26. Obama: With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that, I believe, will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections. I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests or, worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people. And I urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps correct some of these problems.

My Analysis: Once again he shows disrespect for the Constitution, the check's and balance system, and the Supreme Court.

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